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The Value of Knowing Your Audience

The Value of Knowing Your Audience

References:(1)   Beier, M. E., & Ackerman, P. L. (2005). Age, ability, and the role of prior knowledge on the acquisition of new domain knowledge: Promising results in a real-world learning environment. Psychology and aging, 20(2), 341.(2)    Chi, M & Koeske, R. D. (1983). Network representation of child’s dinosaur knowledge. Developmental Psychology, 19(1), 29-39.(3)    Recht, D. R., &…
Encouraging Students to Adopt Effective Learning Strategies

Encouraging Students to Adopt Effective Learning Strategies

“Before you begin, we wanted to tell you about a strategy that is extremely effective for learning: repeatedly self-testing. Research shows that people learn more from repeated testing than from repeated studying. This is illustrated in the Figure to the right which shows differences in final memory performance for Purdue students who repeatedly studied information…
Is Critical Thinking a Soft Skill?

Is Critical Thinking a Soft Skill?

As with most things, the state vs trait debate is nuanced. I don’t think any personality psychologist would claim that personality is entirely state-based or entirely-trait-based. Instead, it’s somewhere in between. You may have general tendencies, but find yourself thinking, feeling, and behaving differently depending on the context. While you may tend to be shy…
Increasing Academic Performance Through Mark Withholding

Increasing Academic Performance Through Mark Withholding

By Carolina Kuepper-TetzelI have recently published a paper (with co-author Paul Gardner) on the effects of temporary mark withholding on academic performance and feedback views in university students (1). Temporary mark withholding is a feedback strategy whereby on assignments students are provided with the feedback first without their marks – then, a few days later,…
SQ3R or Read, Recite, Review

SQ3R or Read, Recite, Review

What is SQ3R?SQ3R stands for survey, question (or query), read, recite, review. It is a method designed in the 1940s to improve reading comprehension. Here is the brief overview of each step:Survey: First, go through and get a lay of the land. Look at headings and subheadings, graphics, highlighted words, maybe summary paragraphs. Get an…
Learning Scientists’ Greatest Hits

Learning Scientists’ Greatest Hits

In celebration of our 500th post (wow!) and 5 years as the Learning Scientists, we decided to reminisce on some of our blog highlights. Cindy went through all of our old blogs and, in true data nerd fashion, created a spreadsheet listing the number of times each blog post has been shared. From that, she…
Can You Avoid Burnout?

Can You Avoid Burnout?

By Althea Need KaminskeIt’s January 2021! A new year and a fresh start. Given the general stress last year between the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and the switch online learning in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19, I think it’s safe to assume that most of us were feeling pretty burned out by the end of…
THANK YOU to our 2020 Community!

THANK YOU to our 2020 Community!

Happy (American) Thanksgiving! This is Cindy writing, and as an American I’m devoting this post to you and how thankful we are to have you as an engaged member of our community.This has been a very unusual, difficult year for so many of us (Learning Scientists included). This year has included so much stress, so…
Retrieval Mapping

Retrieval Mapping

While concept mapping is popular, some research has shown that creating concept maps, when students have the material in front of them, is not as effective as retrieval practice (1). Other scholars have noted that it takes time to teach students to make concept maps in order for their use to be effective at enhancing…
VLOG: How To Take Notes In Class – A Video for Students

VLOG: How To Take Notes In Class – A Video for Students

For further reading on note taking, check out some of our previous posts:How Should Students Take Notes?Factors of Effective Note-Taking: Application of Cognitive Load TheoryIf you would like to read some of the research that was mentioned in the video, then check out these articles:Jansen, R. S., Lakens, D., & IJsselsteijn, W. A. (2017). An…

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